Google Sites – The Cobry Cafetiere

Welcome to the latest instalment of The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. Most of you will probably know the drill by now. But if not, this is your time of the week to sit back with a coffee and learn about all things cloud with the team at Cobry. This week we’re discussing the great tool Google Sites.

What is Google Sites?

Google Sites is a simplistic, easy-to-use website builder. It is a tool included within Google Workspace which aims to allow anyone, regardless of skill set, to create a website that supports collaboration. Google Sites is great for hosting static content – content that doesn’t require many changes. This is because changes made on a Google site must be done manually, which could be time consuming if required often. It is possible, however, to link your Google Site to other live Google Workspace tools such as docs, sheets and slides.  

Google Sites Interface

What are its features? 

Google Sites has many great features which increases its usability and facilitates collaboration. Lets take a look at them:

Website Templates

You can choose from a bank of predefined website templates. Google’s AI works to create a coherent website design and allows you to customise the colour scheme and add your own images. This means you don’t have to have any design skills and can quickly create a well-designed website. 

Custom Sharing and Permission Settings

Sharing and permissions are also customisable on each page of your Google Site. This means you have full control over those that can access your site and who can make edits. This makes it a great way to share information internally or externally with clients and partners. 

Included Domain

Thirdly, its domain host is attached to your Google Workspace account, meaning you don’t have to pay for a separate domain. 

What are Google Sites use cases?

There are a variety of use cases for Google Sites from employee handbooks to company intranets and informational banks. Using Sites for these use cases allows information or data heavy content to become interactive and easily accessible. For example, instead of handing employees extremely large documents, Google Sites allows this important information to be broken down into manageable chunks. Therefore, using Sites can increase productivity and understanding throughout your organisation. 

A Guide to using Google Sites

To begin creating a Google Site, simply select “create new” or choose a predefined template from the gallery as previously mentioned. Once you have done this, you are ready to start adding to your site. Add content to the site by using the layouts available and uploading from Google Drive or your local device. From this menu, it is also possible to embed YouTube videos, insert content from other Google tools including Docs, Sheets, Slides and Calendar. You can also link to other websites, locations and embed Google Search. 

Add content to your Google Site

Next, drag and drop your elements to organise your content the way you would like it. 

customise your site using drag and drop

Add collaborators to your Google Site and work together to create something great. 

Collaborate with others on Google Sites

Once your site is ready, hit “publish” to allow others to view it.

publish your google site

As an example, take a look at our Cobry Cafetiere Google Site, made specifically for you in under an hour!

Interested? Get in touch to learn more about all of the wonderful Google Workspace tools and start your journey to the cloud.